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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Definitions for lorn

  1. Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.
  2. forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.

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Citations for lorn
"If thou readest, thou art lorn! Better hadst thou ne'er been born!" Sir Walter Scott, "The Lay of the Last Minstrel," 1805
…even though she were a legal and indisputable Lady Mountclere, she might be despised by my Lord's circle, and left lone and lorn. Thomas Hardy, The Hand of Ethelberta, 1876
Origin of lorn
1250-1300
Lorn came to English when Middle English was spoken. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb -lēosan meaning "to lose."